I’ll Fly Away – Commentary

A lot of people learn to play an instrument for a while as a kid, some because their parents make them. But eventually they move on to other things – like art or sports – or they just get bored with it. But Erin Golackson tells us why music has always stuck with her—and helped her in the times when life just doesn’t make sense.

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Flight Lesson

The American aviation industry is facing a big problem: a shortage of pilots. The big airlines alone expect they’ll need more than ten thousand new pilots in the next few years, and thousands more will be needed to fly for regional airlines, and the military. Erin Golackson set out to learn why that is. And to see how tough it would be to become a pilot herself.

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Holi Celebrations in New York City


The weather’s warm, spring’s almost here, and for many Hindus around the world, that means it’s time to celebrate Holi. The Hindu holiday honors the triumph of good over evil – with lots of color. The most visual part of the celebration involves throwing and smearing brightly colored powder over everyone. In the United States, Holi is starting to become big business – with music festivals and events called color runs – where runners are covered in the colors as they compete. For some Hindus, there’s a worry that as the holiday becomes mainstream, it’s losing its meaning. Erin Golackson has more.

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New World Trade Center Transit Hub Opens in Lower Manhattan


The new World Trade Center Transit Hub officially opened yesterday afternoon, to mixed reviews. The structure cost the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey about four billion dollars. And it took five years longer than expected to build. Erin Golackson caught up with the first morning commuters as they passed through the hub today.

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LGBT Inclusive Church Struggles To Find A Home

In 2014, Atlah Church in Harlem began posting words on its marquee like “All Churches that support homos, cursed be thou with cancer,” and “Harlem is a sodomite free zone.” And Atlah’s pastor, James David Manning, has been preaching those words for years. The church is about a million dollars behind on its bills and next week it is scheduled to be up for foreclosure auction – which Atlah says their non-profit status prohibits. The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT Youth started a crowdfunding campaign to buy the church, and has already reached its goal. But that’s not the only group trying to reclaim that space for LGBT people. Erin Golackson spent time with an inclusive church called Rivers of Living Water that’s also trying to buy Atlah.

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2-Way: Physicist Irme Bartos on Listening to the Cosmos

 

Some old news just reached earth yesterday: about 1.3 billion years ago two black holes collided. Gravitational Waves from this massive collision reached a detector system called LIGO, which earth’s scientists designed to directly detect tiny ripples in time and space. Yesterday, after months of checking and checking their results, scientists have made their big announcement. They say gravity waves, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago, exist. Imre Bartos is one of the physicists who worked on this project.

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